There’s plenty of conflicting information out there about just how much relief hypoallergenic bedding can actually offer for allergy sufferers. Once you know the difference between some of the materials considered better for sensitive sinuses, you can make smarter choices for your household.
In some cases, the source of a material (whether plant or animal) evolved in nature with defense mechanisms against pests like mold and bacteria. The silkworm is a prime example of this phenomenon. Natural fibers make great options for people who can’t tolerate synthetic materials.
100 percent cotton or organic cotton
Down (goose or duck)
Lyocell (made from cellulose often derived from wood pulp, found mainly under the brand name TENCEL®)
Look for materials that have been sustainably and safely manufactured, since some engineered fabrics can use chemical processes that release or retain toxins.
Down alternative (rayon or polyester)
An effective barrier against dust mites has an average pore size of six microns or smaller. Although dust mites clock in at around 300 microns, their feces and other particles can be significantly smaller.